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Jun 10, 2020. 16 comments

An 1890 Land Deed Halts Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue in Virginia

An 1890 Land Deed Halts Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue in Virginia

Over the last five years, a prolonged effort has ensued to remove Confederate statues from public spaces. These efforts have only intensified in recent weeks as protests have spread nationwide over the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police. But in Virginia, efforts to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee have been stifled by an agreement made 130...

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Feb 14, 2020. 11 comments

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

Court Says "Ha, You Thought" and Reverses $2.5M Settlement to Protect Confederate Monument

You know, quite often these days the news is just sad and anger-inducing. Tonight though, I’m happy to bring you a story that just warms my little heart.

CNN reports that a state court in North Carolina has reversed a ruling that would’ve provided $2.5 million in funds from the University of North Carolina to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The money would’ve...

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Feb 13, 2020. 21 comments

Alabama Lawmakers Want to Force One of America's Blackest Cities to Celebrate White Supremacy

Alabama Lawmakers Want to Force One of America's Blackest Cities to Celebrate White Supremacy

The mayor of the city with one of the highest percentages of black residents in America spoke out on Tuesday against legislation that compels the city to celebrate its Confederate heritage even though—and this part is absolutely bonkers—the city doesn’t have one.

Birmingham, Ala., is 72 percent black, making it the fourth-blackest municipality in America with more than 100,000 residents,...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Sep 29, 2017. 12 comments

Ohio, a Union State, Will Reinstall Confederate Monument for Some Reason

Ohio, a Union State, Will Reinstall Confederate Monument for Some Reason

When you try to be better about racism but decide you’re not really about that life: an American story.

In today’s chapter, we go to Franklin Township in Ohio. Now, if you consult your history books, you’ll find that Ohio was a Union state during the Civil War. Which makes the fact that the township installed a marker in 1927 honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee all the more peculiar.

And so...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 23, 2017. 23 comments

Texas Man Arrested on Charges He Planted Bomb on Confederate Statue 

Texas Man Arrested on Charges He Planted Bomb on Confederate Statue 

Welp. One Texas man is taking his hatred of Confederate statues to the absolute next level, authorities say.

According to the Associated Press, a 25-year-old Houston man was arrested after officials say he was caught trying to plant explosives on a Confederate statue at a local park.

Prosecutors charge that Andrew Schneck was caught Saturday evening near a statue of Confederate Lt. Richard...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 22, 2017. 9 comments

U of Texas Removing 4 Confederate Statues From Campus 

U of Texas Removing 4 Confederate Statues From Campus 

When students at the University of Texas at Austin return to classes Aug. 30, they may notice the air on campus is cleaner, and the view clearer and brighter, since the university has taken action to remove four second-place trophies (aka Confederate statues) from campus.

University President Greg Fenves announced the removal of the statues of Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston, John Reagan...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 21, 2017. 15 comments

‘If I Were KKK, Would I Hold You Like This?’: Viral Picture Supposedly Shows Confederate-Monument Defender and Black Lives Matter Supporter 

‘If I Were KKK, Would I Hold You Like This?’: Viral Picture Supposedly Shows Confederate-Monument Defender and Black Lives Matter Supporter 

So, there’s apparently a viral photo circulating the interwebs that purportedly shows a Confederate monument defender embracing a Black Lives Matter supporter ... and I have some serious questions.

On Friday, the Virginia Flaggers, a group committed to defending Confederate monuments and memorials, stationed “Monument Guards” around a monument in Lynchburg, Va., in response to a call by online...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 19, 2017. 23 comments

Durham, NC, Activists Stand in Solidarity, Crowds Gather to Turn Themselves In for Toppling Confederate Statue

Durham, NC, Activists Stand in Solidarity, Crowds Gather to Turn Themselves In for Toppling Confederate Statue

On Monday evening during a rally against white supremacy, demonstrators in Durham, N.C., toppled a Confederate statue that had been standing in front of the old courthouse in the city’s downtown area. On Tuesday morning, Takiyah Thompson, the black woman who tied the noose around the statue’s neck so it could be pulled down, was one of the first to be arrested for her part in the...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 17, 2017. 20 comments

Ala. Mayor Wants New Orleans’ Recently Disassembled Confederate Monuments for Display in His City’s Memorial Park, Because of Course He Does

Ala. Mayor Wants New Orleans’ Recently Disassembled Confederate Monuments for Display in His City’s Memorial Park, Because of Course He Does

Seems like one Alabama mayor wants to collect all the white supremacist last-place trophies, including those that have already been discarded by states that either know or are learning to do better. In this case, Hanceville Mayor Kenneth Nail claims he’s gotten nothing but a thumbs-up from his constituents after reaching out to New Orleans leaders offering to take the city’s now-banned...

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Monique Judge Monique Judge Aug 17, 2017. 18 comments

Black Woman Arrested in Connection With Confederate Statue Being Taken Down at Protest in Durham, NC

Black Woman Arrested in Connection With Confederate Statue Being Taken Down at Protest in Durham, NC

A black woman in Durham, N.C., was arrested Tuesday in connection with the toppling of a Confederate monument outside the Durham County courthouse Monday evening, and the Durham County Sheriff’s Office is executing search warrants, with more arrests expected to come.

Takiyah Thompson, who, witnesses told The Root, was the activist who climbed a ladder and put a noose around the neck of the...

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Aug 16, 2017. 6 comments

Suddenly, Mitch Landrieu Is America’s Mayor

Suddenly, Mitch Landrieu Is America’s Mayor
Speech on New Orleans Statues Goes ViralD.C.’s WAMU Boosts Black, Latino ListenersTrump Budget Panned for Effect on LatinosJerry Perenchio Dies at 86, Built UnivisionBeing Biracial Teaches Activist Not to GeneralizeNominate a J-Educator Who Promotes DiversityDonald Franklin, St. Louis Journalist, Dies at 79Short Takes

Speech on New Orleans Statues Goes Viral

A speech by New Orleans Mayor Mitch...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 16, 2017. 19 comments

Richard Spencer, Confederate Apologists March in Charlottesville, Va., With Torches Reminiscent of KKK

Richard Spencer, Confederate Apologists March in Charlottesville, Va., With Torches Reminiscent of KKK

Annoyingly, there’s more from whites up in arms that the many Confederate monuments to slavery defenders are being removed all over the country, a small but significant attempt at atonement aimed at the millions of African Americans who were enslaved here.

On Saturday, more than a few “protesters,” including punched-in-the-face-twice-moron Richard Spencer, gathered in Lee Park in...

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Yesha Callahan Yesha Callahan Aug 16, 2017. 22 comments

New Orleans Begins Confederate-Monument Removal

New Orleans Begins Confederate-Monument Removal

New Orleans is severing its ties to the racist Confederate history that lingers in the city by removing several Confederate statues. Early Monday morning, city workers were to begin to take down the statues while it was still dark to avoid clashing with those wanting to preserve the history.

“There’s a better way to use the property these monuments are on and a way that better reflects who we...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 16, 2017. 19 comments

Lexington, Ky., Mayor Says Confederate Statues Are Coming Down After Charlottesville, Va., Tragedy

Lexington, Ky., Mayor Says Confederate Statues Are Coming Down After Charlottesville, Va., Tragedy

It usually takes a tragedy for there to be any substantive change around race in this country, and perhaps the death of Heather Heyer is the latest in that vein.

Va. Woman Killed in Charlottesville Car Attack: Report

The lone victim killed during a peaceful counterprotest against white supremacist hate during the…

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On Saturday the mayor of Lexington, Ky., said that he is going to...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 16, 2017. 17 comments

City of Baltimore Mulls Removing Confederate Statues by Auctioning Them Off

City of Baltimore Mulls Removing Confederate Statues by Auctioning Them Off

For those who think that Maryland is not the South, think again. Actually, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is where two of America’s most iconic anti-slavery heroes were born into slavery: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.

And so, the capital city in the state south of the Mason-Dixon Line is joining many others in deciding the fate of several statues of white supremacists erected after the...

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Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Aug 16, 2017. 17 comments

Black Leaders in Ariz. Push for Removal of State’s Confederate Monuments 

Black Leaders in Ariz. Push for Removal of State’s Confederate Monuments 

African-American leaders in Arizona are the next to call for the swift removal of the state’s Confederate monuments, joining an overall cry across the nation by those who know that the monuments celebrate slavery and racism and, generally, just the wrong side of history.

The battle against Confederate symbols and memorials was brought to the forefront of national conversation almost exactly...

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Andre Perry Andre Perry May 09, 2017. 4 comments

The Civil War May Be Settled, but the Fight to Remove Confederate Symbols Rages On

The Civil War May Be Settled, but the Fight to Remove Confederate Symbols Rages On

Fights over history are really contests for children’s minds. And the stakes are high enough that adults have put children in harm’s way. Last week, people protesting the removal of Confederate flags in New Orleans brandished guns and at least one assault rifle within range of a local school known for diversity. School officials casually laid down measuring tape to see if protesters violated...

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